Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
Every morning that you wake up, you can say that, but on New Year’s Day it seems particularly appropriate. You’ve just completed another year on Earth (except, of course, you Venusians) and it’s time to look back and see what you have accomplished.
You need to look at every phase of your life with a positive outlook, so you can’t just say a blanket, “Nothing”.
Are you eating healthier? Have you lost weight? Have you increased your strength or endurance? Are you happier in your job? Do you have a job? Are you getting paid what you are worth (not what you THINK you are worth) for the job that you are doing? Are your personal relations with family and friends deeper and more realistic? Can you forgive what you perceive are trespasses against you? Do you apologize when you’ve done something wrong to another? Do you mean it?
There are literally hundreds of things you can look back upon and see what you’ve done. After you have completed your inventory, you should set down and see what things you want to improve upon this year that didn’t quite make it last year.
Don’t just pick the easy ones. Your goals should be realistic, but require you to make an effort. After you have accomplished a major goal, don’t just jump in to accomplishing another major goal. Reward yourself, take a little break; then clear off one of those easy goals. After you have completed an easy goal, reward yourself as you would for achieving one of the major goals, take a little break, and then start on another major goal.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. I have seen literally hundreds of people set nearly a hundred goals they want to achieve, and then abandon all of them by the end of January.
I have had my best results by choosing three main goals, all from different parts of my life. For instance, I wouldn’t choose as a priority goal to lose 10 pounds with a second priority goal to lose 10% of my body mass.
I will however, choose to lose one pound per month; attend church two Sundays out of three and volunteer to help supervise or coach a softball team.
My secondary, no sweat goals could be, work in my garden at least one hour a day for three months (before it gets too hot), water jog in my pool for at least 3.5 hours per week from June through September, and buy a softball glove so I can catch my granddaughter’s throws to second base from her catcher’s position.
If I complete goals one and three (goal two will be ongoing) then I will choose another major goal – or work on my “honey do” list. If my DW has anything to say about it, I will definitely be taking the “honey do” road.
In all you do, stay as happy as you can and stay on the positive side of the road!